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CDC: UNVACCINATED CHILD COSTS $812K IN MEDICAL EXPENSES

The popularity of not vaccinating children is on the rise in recent years. Documentaries like Vaxxed have popularized the movement and now more than ever parents are opting out of vaccinating their children, which in my opinion they have a right to. However, choosing to opt out of vaccination may indeed come at a cost according to the CDC.

On March 8th, 2019 the Center for Disease Control reported that a child received a head laceration after playing outside and was taken to the hospital. The boy who was just 6 years old had no prior vaccinations and began feeling side effects just six days after the injury. Some of the side effects included jaw clenching, and involuntary upper extremity muscle spasms. The boy was diagnosed with tetanus, an acute neuromuscular disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium tetani.

The boy’s condition worsened and he was required to spend 57 days of inpatient acute care, including 47 days in the intensive care unit.

The inpatient charges totaled $811,929 (excluding air transportation, inpatient rehabilitation, and ambulatory follow-up costs). One month after inpatient rehabilitation, he returned to all normal activities, including running and bicycling. Despite extensive review of the risks and benefits of tetanus vaccination by physicians, the family declined the second dose of DTaP and any other recommended immunizations.

Guzman-Cottrill JA, Lancioni C, Eriksson C, Cho Y, Liko J. Notes from the Field: Tetanus in an Unvaccinated Child — Oregon, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:231–232. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6809a3.

Now to be clear we are not saying we are for or against vaccination. However, we do believe that it is up to the parents to do their own proper research so that they can make a well informed decision.

To read the full CDC article click here.

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